AWD vs 4WD - What's The Difference?

What's the difference between AWD and 4WD? I was handed the keys to the brand new BMW M5, which can actually switch between 4WD and 2WD! Nothing all that impressive for any truck drivers out there, but fairly rare in the car world. Generally speaking, 4WD is selectable, and AWD is always active. The video brakes down the unique differences, how they're similar, as well as the advantages of each setup. What do you prefer? AWD or 4WD?

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Comments (7)
  • What a load of claptrap, please don’t inflict your opinion as fact, on that basis your saying a Range River isn’t 4WD, neither was my Forester nor my old XR4x4, no-one suggested they were anything but 4WD, if any thing AWD is more used to describe those systems were the extra axle is engaged automatically like say a Skyline GTR, Audi S3, etc.

    1 month ago
  • Nice video

    1 month ago


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